American ex-pats in Israel sue U.S. government

Two dozen American citizens living in Israel filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government regarding its funding to the Palestinian Authority and other groups operating in the West Bank and Gaza.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 26 in U.S. District Court for Washington, alleges that the State Department, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, violated the Anti-Terrorism Act and disregarded the congressional safeguards and reporting requirements that are attached to American aid to the P.A.

Thus, according to the lawsuit, federal money has fallen into the hands of Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and other supporters of terrorism against civilians who live in Israel.

Successive U.S. administrations have gone on record as saying that controls are in place to keep funds from reaching terrorists.

The lawsuit requests that the federal court review actions of the State Department and any funds distributed by USAID in its programs to the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA. It also asks for aid to be suspended until there is compliance with all of Congress’ regulations and reporting requirements.

Some of the 24 plaintiffs are victims of terror. — jta